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Sep 24, 2012 12:00am PDT
. put up your mitt. everyone is saying it comes down to the debate. with no drama, will obama give mitt romney the opening. will he swing wild enough to let romney turn it around. will he keep the bouts low-key and low risk. war and remembrance. it's the 10th anniversary for me and our intrepid band of journalists. we celebrate the moments and a political sound bite hall of fame. hi, i'm chris matthews, welcome to our 10th anniversary show. the "washington post" bob woodward, the bbc's katty kay, nbc's kelly o'donnell, and "time"'s joe klein. first up on this 10th anniversary show, mitt romney's losing weeks has conservatives panicked. they might lose to the president who was vulnerable, but this could trim conservative sales. could they keep stone walling the president as the country gets closer to that fiscal cliff? the stone walling did unite republicans until now. bob woodward's new book, "the price of politics" quotes the president, there were very prominent republicans in the caucus who told me to my face that the view in the caucus was getting a deal with me would ensure my
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Sep 24, 2012 3:00am PDT
what governor romney is conveying. >> do you think president obama has not said to a group of donors, look, there are certain segments in the electorate that are not going to vote for me? why not see it as political analysis? >> i don't think that's what the president said or ever said. what he's done is govern for all of the people. the president has, you know, he's advanced policy that is are not popular with his base. he did them because he thought they were important for the future of this country. it's the leadership we need. >> let's talk about the issues, the 47% get to. the question of government dependence as you referenced, here are snapshots nationally that raised eyebrows and governor romney talked about. you talk about food stamps. 47 million americans on food stamps up from four years ago. here is a broader picture from the wall street journal over time, if you go back to the early '80s and look at the trajectory, 49% receiving some kind of government benefit. is government dependent at a place where it's out of control? >> well, david, i think where we are is too many
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
we'll hear from a top obama adviser, david plouffe, in a moment. but first, joining me now, the republican governor of new jersey chris christie. welcome back to "meet the press." >> happy to be back, david. good morning. >> the key battleground states, nine of them, we've been polling in nine of them, and all nine it's obama advantage across the board. look at ohio, plus seven. virginia, plus five. these are key states. is the race over? >> absolutely not. and that happened pretty quickly, right, david? you saw the change in those polls happen very quickly. and i'm here to tell you it can happen very quickly back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can rea
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Sep 25, 2012 11:00am PDT
tragic death in a car crash after a wild night on a party bus. >>> tough talk. president obama speaks out about the violence in the middle east. >>> and self-driving cars. they get out of the lab and on the bay area streets. the new law making robo cars street legal. >>> how soon will we see the bridges across the bay area? a hazy start. we will check in with christina loren with the forecast for today. you are watching nbc bay area. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm laura garcia-cannon. marla is off today. >> i'm jon kelley. it is a crash that changed one family's life forever and a push to change the law. >> that family is praising lawmakers and the governor for creating tougher restricts for party buses. we have christie smith who spoke with the family about the reaction to the new law. >> reporter: good morning, laura. doug and linda studebaker wrapped up the press conference. their 19-year-old son was killed after partying on a party bus. today, they are celebrating preside the fact that governor jerry brown signed the bill into law. it is called the brett studebaker law.
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Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
debate. tonight inside the obama and romney debate camps. how the candidates are preparing for the showdown. >>> making the case. the supreme court begins. >>> and carmageddo 2. what happened this weekend when one of the busiest highways in the countries was shut down. how did california cope with its freeway car free? >>> good evening from the joint command headquarters of the international security assistance force in kabul. we have been traveling through this country all week trying to take measure of this war, another insider attack has left a u.s. soldier and an american civilian dead. that brings the death toll to 2,118. so far this year, 267 have been killed. 31 of those killed at the hands of afghan police and military members. insider attacks. tonight against the backdrop of next month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the mission n
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Sep 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
street journal marist poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. the two, however, are neck in >> reporter: earlier this week we were reporting new numbers for ohio and florida where president obama had a lead. new polls tell us in some battleground states it's much closer. mitt romney's message to donors last night. romney is only two points behind president obama there, but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads on thursday. >> if i could sit down around with you at your kitchen table, here is what i would say. >> reporter: something new called economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> romney saying the nation's debt is more than just paper. >> that is held by somebody. someone holds that. >> reporter: even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> he has to get a little more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick be the facts. it's all about the economy.
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm PDT
the fail mary from local amateur referees to sports fans and even president obama. we'll have reaction to last night's controversial call by the replacement referees. >>> and peanut butter recall involving trader joes expands. other brands now involved. >>> and surprise, below the surface, the historical find here in the bay area. >>> a red hot silicon valley electric car maker is running a little low on juice tonight. shares of tesla motors falling by 10% after the bay area said it's maker fewer than they initially planned. less revenue prompting investors to sell. >>> and how about this? top executives from google are taking shots at apple. former ceo eric schmitt says apple should've kept google maps instead of replacing it with a home built version for their new phone. the switch happened on apple's latest software update and many iphone users say the new map system isn't as accurate as google maps. schmidt said apple would have to approve google maps for the updated system before the app becomes available on the iphone 5. he says that isn't expected to happen any time soo
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john kerry playing romney in the weekend rehearsal. looking to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and
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Sep 23, 2012 11:00pm PDT
advantage. >> you guys sound like you are fired up already. >> reporter: president obama is trying to capitalize on the video campaigning in milwaukee. >> i don't see a lot of victims here today. i see hard-working wisconsinenites. >> many republicans believe romney needs to sharpen his tone. >> i want to see fire in the belly. >> reporter: democrats are trying to fire up their base, targeting romney on his tax plan. >> the bigger issue isn't that he isn't being straight about his own taxes. the bigger issue is he isn't being straight about what he will do everyone else's taxes. >> reporter: with 25 states allowing early voting, saturday night at a black caucus dinner, michelle obama called the right to vote the nation's most important civil rights issue. >> this is the sit in of our day, sitting in the phone bank, calling everyone you know, calling your friend and neighbors and the nephew you haven't seen in a while. >> that was peter alexander reporting. in our fact or fiction segment, we look at a claim and ad by president obama about abortion. the ad claims that mitt romney and pa
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Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT
on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> the first day of the trial of pope benedict's former butler has come to a close. th
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are taking the day off to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place in denver. both the president and romney are running through full rehearsals to fine tune their talking points. as of this morning, president obama has the lead in all nine of the key battle ground states. both campaigns say to him night is important to reach undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation. we will get to describe our views. >> the choice of two paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirety on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts wednesday night at 6:00. >>> in a move to save money, milpitas may put the police department on the chopping block. considering outsourcing law enforcement to the santa clara county sheriff's office. it is on the agenda at the meeting tonight which is open to the public. this is all happening at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. >>> another bay area city says it wants t
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Sep 25, 2012 11:00pm PDT
, president obama took on the world stage today, stepping before the united nations general assembly. in the wake of the anti-american protests in the middle east, the president encouraged the assembly to stand fast against violence and extremism. he argued protecting religious rights and free speech must be a universal responsibility. not just an american obligation. >> the attacks on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless on tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> there is no speech that justifies mindless violence. >> mitt romney has tried to cast president obama as a weak leader in terms of the global situation. too quick to apologize for american values. >>> what crews uncovered under san francisco's city hall after the '06 earthquake. and what they'll do next. >>> a bay area doctor is sounding the alarm on what she calls a concussion crisis for young athletes. >>> cars without drivers? a google idea gets the green light on california highways. >>> plus, the added features some are speculating on.
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Sep 27, 2012 4:30am PDT
40 days away. one big battleground state down, one to go. president obama and mitt romney campaigned in ohio yesterday. today they're both off to virginia, one of the largest states up for grabs. tracie potts has the latest this morning on the race to the white house. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today where median income is 23% higher than the national average and unemployment is way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president is expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around. but, but it doesn't matter because i'm willing to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those that need our help. we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: romney is ten points behind in ohio according to quinnipiac university. that's a bigger gap than nbc and the washington post reported. no republicans ever won the presidency without winning this state. >> i'm going to win ohio. i'm going to become the next president in part because i
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Sep 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
more informed choice. >> reporter: while both candidates are practicing in private, president obama held a closed-door session this afternoon. and publicly their campaigns are showering the opponents with praise. a message from one expert outlines romney's skills as a prepared, aggressive, debater. the romney campaign is touting president obama's natural gifts and the extensive seasoning under the bright lights of the bright stage. today, in a mock debate, senator john kerry dismissed the idea that the republican nominee is an inexperienced debater, pointing to more than 20 debates. >> oh please, just give me 20 breaks, not just one. >> reporter: but analysts saying given the state of the race, the burden may be on the challenger. >> he has to do something to get people to take a deep breath, and say wait a minute, well, i thought i made a decision about supporting the president but maybe i better look a second time at mitt romney, that is what he needs to do. >> reporter: and one other thing on today's flight this evening, mitt romney said that people tend to during the debates, fo
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Sep 24, 2012 4:00am PDT
the weekend, the obama campaign pounded on his 47% comments. nbc's brian mooar has the very latest from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, veronica. mitt romney wants to turn the conversation back to jobs, the economy and leadership after a week spent largely on defense. >> well, i'll tell you what, this has been an interesting week. >> reporter: interesting, perhaps, but mitt romney doesn't want to repeat of last week. he's hoping to get back on the attack against president obama. >> he said, you know, you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. we're going to give him that chance on november 6th. >> reporter: romney's heading to battleground ohio for a three-day tour with running mate paul ryan, hoping to leave behind a week dominated by discouraging polls and the releases of a secret videotape and more tax information. >> probably not the best week in the campaign, but i will say that i think we can look back at last week as a campaign in a couple months and say this was the defining week in both campaigns. >> reporter: re
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up next at 11:00, friends and family c
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his last chance. today we're going to look at romney's career, back at his career, at some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must
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Sep 28, 2012 12:35am PDT
yesterday, president obama accidentally said he wants to export more jobs. then he corrected himself and said he meant to say products. and then he corrected himself to say, "oh, who gives a crap. i'm still going to win." [ cheers and applause ] i mean, does it matter at this point? [ cheers and applause ] doesn't matter dude! i don't even have to wear a shirt. i don't care. >> i'd like to see that. this is interesting. i actually read about a man who actually went to high school with mitt romney and then later went to law school with president obama. when asked how going to school with two presidential candidates makes him feel the guy was like, "bad about my job at arby's." [ laughter ] thanks a lot. get this, new york governor andrew cuomo announced that those drivers who get five duis will now have their license revoked. so now new york drivers can rest safe knowing that everyone else on the road only has a maximum of four duis. [ laughter ] great job new york! [ cheers and applause ] that makes me feel real good. >> only four. >> jimmy: let them try one more time. five strikes a
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Sep 25, 2012 7:00am PDT
more? >>> one-on-one -- president obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's public schools. >> can you really say that teachers' unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage is unavoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today," it's 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, first we had replacement referees in the nfl and now you're telling me a shortage of bacon on the horizon? >> i can't go on. >> i'm only one man here, i can only take so much. i will arm wrestle you for this later. the drought impacted the soy and, the soybean and corn crops, that's what pigs eat, that's why there's a problem in the next year. it's a dire situation for bacon-lovers. >> and in other pigskin news, i'm repeating the same lame joke from the east coast, big story in footb
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Sep 26, 2012 5:00am PDT
two biggest battleground states. president obama campaigns in ohio today. romney there as well. both courting the buckeye state one week before early voting begins. tracie potts with what is new. >> reporter: good morning. keep an eye on ohio. it is as you know an important battleground state. that's why we'll see both candidates there today. president obama fresh off speaking to the united nations on international issues now turns to pressing domestic issues. as he holds a couple of campaign events in ohio today. "the washington post" says he has an eight-point lead in that important battleground state which means mitt romney may have ground to make up. he'll be there today as well. he's been talking about taxes. he's been talking about jobs. the jobs issue may not resonate as much with ohio voters because their jobless rate is actually less than the national average. watch the ads to. the tv ads. a couple new ones rolling out today. the president will focus on mitt romney and the 47%. the people who don't pay taxes that he says romney simply dismissed. romn romney's new ad fo
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Sep 25, 2012 12:35am PDT
election. a new poll shows that president obama has expended his lead over mitt romney since the democratic national convention. of course, it didn't help obama as much as that other event, the republican national convention. [ laughter ] that was really good for him. [ cheers and applause ] i read that iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the united nations on the jewish holy day of yom kippur. wait, ahmadinejad giving a speech on yom kippur? that's like the kardashians giving a speech on labor day. [ applause ] [ laughter ] it just -- it just can't -- >> steve: doesn't make -- [ applause ] >> jimmy: hey, this is cool. nasa revealed that the mars rover "curiosity" just took a picture of itself. [ laughter ] isn't the world exciting? it actually took about ten pictures of itself before it found one where it didn't look fat. [ laughter ] and then, they just went with that one. you guys hear about this? this rumor that a sex tape is floating around, featuring shakira and her boyfriend. [ audience ohs ] it was reported by a very reliable source, her hips. [
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Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> reporter: bumps in the road describe what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: vice president biden was fighting for floavote florida, the president was calling on voters to help homeowners. >> we're moving in the right direction. we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> this weekend an historic visit from a world renowned peace activist. he gave a speech in front of thousands of people yesterday at the university of san francisco. she won the n
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Sep 29, 2012 12:35am PDT
less than a week away, both the obama camp and romney camp are being careful not to overhype their candidates. they're asking voters to lower their expectations and not get too excited. [ light laughter ] or as voters put it, "way ahead of you. way ahead of you, buddy. don't worry about that." [ applause ] "we decided last month. yeah, yeah, yeah. we're good." listen to this. a new report found that taxpayers spent $1 billion supporting the obama family last year. yeah, when mitt romney heard that, he was shocked. he was like, "you guys were living off only a billion dollars?" [ laughter ] "this is a problem with -- how do you do that?" [ laughter ] "you only have two rolls-royces? you've got to be kidding." you guys hear about this? mahmoud ahmadinejad's entourage stopped at costco while they were in new york city this week. that must've been rad, yeah. [ laughter ] him walking around going -- [ in middle eastern accent ] >> "who needs all these paper towels? i mean, what are you going to do with all these?" [ laughter ] "even brawny wouldn't wipe his own go-gurt? that is -- 20% o
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Oct 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling romney campaign
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Sep 26, 2012 11:00pm PDT
the players and fans, and president obama. it's likely the real refs will get a standing ovation when they return to the field tomorrow night. >> good evening, raj. the nfl referees, as you mentioned, the lockout is officially over, the league and nfl referee's association reached an agreement late tonight and the officials are prepared to return to work immediately. both sides met today and yesterday to negotiate a new contract. those meetings were spurred by a blown call that cost the green bay packers a victory against the seahawks on monday night football. a lockout lasted for nearly four months. san jose mercury news mark birdie has more. >> i would bet there was pressure from nfl sponsors, the people who sponsor those telecasts. that's where they make their money. those sponsors don't like to sponsor a product that people are feeling is not correct. and not right, and is annoying them, frankly. >> hopefully football is back to normal. by the way, coming up in 15 minutes. indepth highlights. plus melky cabrera. back to you. >> it should be noted the nfl office in new york, r
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Sep 27, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >>> and now to presidential politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort,
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Sep 26, 2012 12:35am PDT
are reports that president obama is getting ready to release about one-third of the prisoners being held at guantanamo bay -- which gets even worse when you hear they are all going to work as replacement refs for the nfl. [ laughter ] we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: wow! do we have a great show tonight! great crowd! thanks for watching. one of the funniest human beings in the world, jerry seinfeld is here tonight! [ cheers and applause ] one of the great comedy minds. it's just the way his brain thinks is just different than other people. >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: he is just a funny, funny human, and loves jokes, and loves comedy. >> steve: yep. >> jimmy: and he's got this great web thing, it's comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: and it's just him with another comedian, driving around, in cars, getting coffee. [ light laughter ] that's -- [ laughter ] [ talking over each other ] >> jimmy: the title is what it is. and that's the way it should be. >> steve: yeah, exactly. what is it? >> jimmy: no curv
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Sep 24, 2012 5:00am PDT
he has had to raise more because president obama has decided to bypass traditional spending limits, forcing him to spend more. romney will be campaigning in the battleground state of ohio this week. >>> coming up in 20 minutes, we'll take you live to washington for the latest from the campaign trail. >> we can tell you "the new york times" columnists over the weekend wondered if apple's best days are behind it. the most criticism of apple's botched map app yet. >> yeah. lots of people have criticized apple apps. most of that criticism has been light hearted. here's the tacoma narrows bridge. of it appears to have fallen down again, but it is perfectly fine. but silly mistakes like that distract from the real problem, apple maps don't work properly. the landmarks are mismarked. that's not as important as the data. it's 15 years old at times. the "the new york times" over the question asked if steve jobs were still alive, would the new map application on the iphone 5 be such an unmitigated disaster? >>> another picture for you, this one from the london tube where the transportation a
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Sep 25, 2012 5:30pm PDT
nation, our annual summit on education where today we heard from both president obama and mitt romney, a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear them both out on one issue in the same day, something they say should be a big national priority. both men crisscrossed new york today, both made news during their travels. romney in what he told us, and his visit with bill clinton and president obama who stepped before the united nations general assembly talked about the recent violence against americans and explained a few things about our country to a global audience while putting some in the audience today on notice. we begin with our chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. president obama and mitt rom jammed as many meetings as they could today in a whirlwind trip to the big apple. while they didn't trade too many barbs, they did draw a contrast on serious issues and even less serious issues. the centerpiece of the president's visit to new york, his speech to the u.n. general assembly, focusing on the unrest in libya and the middle
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Sep 25, 2012 5:00pm PDT
about gun safety. >>> president obama's united nations address began with a tribute to chris stevens. mr. obama called on the world leaders to join him in condemning the violence that killed stevens and three american staffers in the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the president then explained to world leaders why the u.s. cannot ban a youtube clip blamed for much of the violence in the middle east. the clip insults t s ths the pr muhammad. >> as president of our country and commander in chief of our military, i accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >>. [ applause ] >> president obama said there is no speech that justifies mindless violence and promised stevens' killers will be brought to justice. the president also discussed hope that concerns over iran's nuclear programs can be addressed through diplomacy. >>> from heartache to hope, it's a bittersweet day for a peninsula family whose loss of a child could help save the lives of others. doug and linda studebaker spoke at their home with assemblyman
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential debate, the struggling romney campaign is reca
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama decide to replace timothy geithner. for that and the rest of your news before the bell, we turn it other to seema mody live at cnbc headquarters. seema, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. quick check on the markets right now. futures are higher as wall street begins the first day of the fourth quarter. the third quarter was positive for the markets. the dow was 4% and the nasdaq was up 6%. today we get numbers on manufacturing and construction spending and fed chairman ben bernanke speaks this afternoon. the dow falling 48 points on friday, the nasdaq losing 20 points. if president obama is re-elected one of his first priorities may be to find a replacement for treasury secretary tim geithner. geithner has hinted more than a year he wants to leave. the "wall street journal" reports chief of staff jack lu and erskine bowles are top candidates. bowles co-chaired the white house deficit commission in 2010. back to you. >> okay, thank you very much. we'll check back a little later on. >>> first day of october going to feel like july. >> it's not going to feel good. it i
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Sep 26, 2012 4:00am PDT
coaches, players, and fans. jay gray, nbc news. >>> president obama and republican candidate mitt romney campaign today in the important battleground state of ohio. yesterday president obama addressed the united nations general assembly where syria and iran took center stage. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. >> reporter: good morning. the focus ohio, as you said, a key battleground state where the president now has a big lead. >> i accept that people will call me awful things every day, and i will always defend their right to do so. >> fresh off his speech at the united nations, president obama heads to ohio today with an eight-point lead according to "the washington post." mitt romney is there today, too, talking jobs and taxes. >> is there anybody who thinks that raising taxes will help grow the economy? >> no! >> his plan is to continue what he has done before. the status quo has not worked. >> romney attacking someone on taxes? that's like me attacking someone for being fashion nat in politics. >> reporter: romney is at a two-day bus tour with his running mate.
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Sep 26, 2012 5:00pm PDT
has threatened military force. tuesday president obama pushed for a peaceful negotiation. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: both countries boycotted ahmadinejad's speech, staying away in observance of the jewish holiday yom kippur. >> we have to make a statement today. the obama administration did make a statement. we're not going to listen to him anymore. >> reporter: former u.s. ambassador nicholas burns called ahmadinejad's slurs more of the same rhetoric. he also attacked the u.s. presidential election, accusing the candidates of ignoring the 99%. >> translator: are we to believe that those who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on election campaigns have the interests of the people of the world at their hearts? >> reporter: words that are sure to fuel tensions as talks continue inside the u.n. in washington, i'm dannielle lee, nbc news. >>> decision 2012. no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. today mitt romney appears to be losing ground in ohio. today's "new york times" cbs poll fin
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i
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Sep 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, no republican has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to win ohio, in part because i have support from people in ohio >> reporter: but the problem, obama is here, too, today, his 29th visit since taking office, and not letting anybody forget that other number, 47%. >> i don't believe we get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as victims who never take responsibility for their lives. >> reporter: the president stopped at campuses, rallying young supporters. such a crucial day, both men took the stage at almost the same time this afternoon, and almost crossed paths as president obama headed to kent state, and romney to toledo. >> if you're registered, you can start to vote in six days. and this is important because y
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Sep 25, 2012 4:00am PDT
affairs. president obama will take a brief diplomatic detour from his campaign front lines to address the simmering crises in iran, syria, and the broader muslim world before the united nations general assembly. nbc's tracie potts joins us with those details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. there's a lot at stake here. the president is explaining where we stand on some of the big issues internationally, but also this is a big issue and a big speech for the president himself politically. >> first thing is first here. we do have an election ahead. i've got a lot of things i want to do in a second term. >> reporter: president obama on "the view" before speaking to the united nations general assembly today. aides say he will focus on the recent unrest in the middle east and the death of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans in libya. mitt romney is criticizing him for calling these events bumps in the road. >> these are not bumps in the road. these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. >> considering those events, either one of
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Sep 24, 2012 5:00pm PDT
in san jose, i'm damian trujillo, nbc bay area news. >>> decision 2012. president obama is in new york tonight, and critics are blasting his priorities. the annual united nations general assembly is in new york this week, but instead of meeting with world leaders, the president made a campaign appearance on the talk show "the view." israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu had requested one-on-one time with president obama, but instead hillary clinton will handle the private meetings with foreign leaders. president obama is also taking flak for his interview which aired last night on "60 minutes" in which he was asked about the turmoil and violence in the wake of the arab spring. >> i was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to bumps in the road. >> these are not bumps in the road, these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for the president who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: president obama will speak at the united nations tomorrow morning, but with just six weeks until the election, insi
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
penalties are part of barack obama's health care law. this one was designed to improve patient care while saving taxpayer money. medicare will keep track of the 2200 hospitals using this plan to make sure they are following the new rules. fines start off at $125,000 per facility. >>> it is 6:14 right now. same-sex couples are now being considered family members in deportation cases thanks to a new order from the obama administration. the order giving some temporary relief to couples facing deportation like brian willingham and alfonso garcia from orinda. garcia has been embroiled in a deportation proceeding after a traffic stop last year. house minority leader nancy pelosi praised this move by the obama administration but is urging congress to do away with the defense of marriage act which bars the government from giving federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >>> decision 2012. just a little more than a month away, and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. both sides already p
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Sep 27, 2012 4:00am PDT
refs back on the field. >>> candidate clash, president obama and mitt romney nearly cross paths as they campaign in key battleground states. >>> and under the sea. google takes its virtual street view to incredible new depths. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. >>> and today we begin with game on. late last night the nfl reached a tentative deal with its referees and that ended this season's lockout. anger over the use of replacement refs spilled over after monday night's contest between the green bay packers and the seattle seahawks. the fill-in refs awarded a game-winning touchdown to seattle, though many felt the packers had made an interception. two days of marathon labor negotiations followed. the refs still have to vote on the deal, but commissioner roger goodell has lifted the lockout just in time for tonight's match-up between the cleveland browns and baltimore ravens. nbc's fred roggin will have few details coming up in just a few minutes in sp
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Sep 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new breakthrough in a new roadmap to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to save these animals. >>> this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate is still at least week away. and coming off a bad week, the romney campaign is anxious for traction. we begin tonight with chuck todd,
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am PDT
action. back to you. >> thank you, christina. >>> turning now to decision 2012, president barack obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney taking the day off from the campaign trail just to prepare for tomorrow's big showdown. the first of three debates will take place here in denver, as we take a live look this morning. both president obama and mitt romney running through full rehearsals to hone in those talking points. as of this morning president obama has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states. both campaigns say tomorrow will be important to reach those undecided voters. >> it will be a conversation with the american people that will span almost an entire month. we'll get to describe our respective views. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> you can watch the debate in its entirely here on nbc bay area. the topic is domestic policy. coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night, wednesday night. >>> 4 c:51. how about some sticker shock in santa clara. the 4
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Sep 24, 2012 4:30am PDT
but early voting by mail is under way in two dozen states. today president barack obama getting ready f a meeting with the united nations while mitt romney's camp is hoping for a fresh start. romney kicking off a three-day tour of ohio. he wants to shift the conversation back to jobs, the economy and leadership after last week's release of a secret videotape and more tax information. now he's hoping to get back to the task at hand, attacking president obama. >> i said, you know, you can't change washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside. we're going to give him that chance on november 6th. >> as for president obama, he is releasing a tv ad just blasting romney for criticizing 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes without, quote, having come clean about his own. the first debate is set for october 3rd. >>> 4:51. coming up, the big winners and losers of last night's primetime emmy awards. >>> and we have problems in the tri-valley as i track a sig alert and the freeway closure. >>> welcome back, everybody, on a monday morning. a nice glistening shot
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Sep 27, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >>> a key battleground state, virginia. the gop nominee mitt romney trailing president obama by 3% to 7%. another pivotal state, iowa is drawing attention today. because it is the first of the so-called battleground states to begin early voting. strategists and researchers project that more than one in three voters will cast their ballots before election day. and iowa officials say that the requests are already up 30%. over 2008. >> and it gets really interesting now. the first debate between the two is next wednesday evening. >> for some insight into the stakes, let's bring in nbc bay area political analyst. and both the candidates have been downplaying how they'll do in these debates but how much is riding on these. >> gosh, about everything. with less than six weeks to go, upwards of 60 million people will be watching. and for the 7% undecided voters and maybe 10% who would consider their minds one way or the other. the debates in all likelihood will make the difference. the debates sure matter in 2008. going in, obama and republican challenger john mccain were neck in neck. po
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm PDT
have called for the immediate review of the situation. >>> president obama and mitt romney squaring off face to face, getting ready for the first debate. and a new television ad is reminding the candidates not to forget one of the year's biggest tragedies. >>> plus, a local official charging taxpayers for the appearances? why he is costing the taxpayers even more. >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri. record setting heat gripping a lot of the bay area and it looks like the temperatures will be 105 to 91. we'll stay hot for your tuesday. wee let you know about the next chance of showers. [ female announcer ] introducing yoplait greek 100. 100% new. ♪ 100% greek. 100% mmm... ♪ oh wow, that is mmm... ♪ in fact it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories. well ok then, new yoplait greek 100. it is so good. ♪ >>> they're prepping, coaching and studying for debate number one. president obama and mitt romney getting ready for wednesday night's face-off. it takes place in denver. both men facing challenges. neither is known for being a stellar debater. aides say the pres
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Sep 28, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >>> president obama's up coming fund-raiser, the musicians and athletes that will take a part. >>> a lawsuit filed by women in the military just today. >>> a dangerous scene in oakland. an accident sent several people to the hospital. the connection to city workers. >> for those who were there, they couldn't believe what they were seeing. six innocent people engineered after a bizarre accident. >> an suv collided with a city publics works van sending both barrelling into two oakland businesses. this all happened after 10:00 this morning at 14th and franklin in downtown oakland. jodi hernandez has more on what happened and, more importantly, how the injured are. >> i mean, it was really boom and the bodies and the glass. >> reporter: it's a crash that rocked gallery owner to the core. as a collision outside his business sent two cars up on to the sidewalk, slamming into his building and sending two pedestrians through the glass doors of his gallery. >> they were hit. they were really -- they were hit. yeah. you could here the boom. >> reporter: police say a city public works van and suv colli
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
for four years. the other has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> report
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Sep 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
and politics but we'll tell you the one thing president obama and mitt romney actually agree upon just ahead. >>> welcome back, everyone. city by the bay. san francisco this morning. waiting for the suns' rival. sun will certainly warm things up. we'll check the forecast coming up. 6:24. >>> a decision about the suspended slugger. this one could come down today or tomorrow. the report is that the manager will announce the decision before the home stand. insiders speculating it's not likely cabrera will be brought back. if you recall, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. >>> the controversy over replacing referees in the nfl continues this morning. >> the replacements not really doing a great job. now the presidential campaign and candidates arejump ing jumping into the conversation. the issue is finally something both sides can agree upon. >> talking about football. maybe there's something they can agree on. did you see this pileup in the end zone? take a look at this. this was monday night football. it was a big question as to whether th
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Sep 27, 2012 12:35am PDT
boo" on tlc. [ cheers and applause ] or as president obama put it, "all right, now i can finally start prepping for those debates." i can -- [ laughter ] from celebrity news. lady gaga revealed that she recently gained 25 pounds by eating the food at her father's italian restaurant. >> audience member: what?! >> jimmy: yeah, 25 pounds of fat. or as lady gaga calls that, a dress. [ audience oohs ] some business news. today, the ceo of radio shack announced that he is stepping down immediately. of course -- [ audience aws ] of course, no one heard the announcement because he said it into a microphone they bought at radio shack. [ laughter ] it doesn't work. doesn't work. made by tandy. >> steve: yeah, tandy corporation. >> jimmy: yeah, tandy corp. >> steve: free batteries. >> jimmy: here's an election update. mitt romney's campaign said that president obama is spiking the ball too early in ohio, after recent polls showed obama pulling ahead. yeah. obama hasn't earned that win yet, which is why today the nfl replacement refs just gave it to him anyway. [ laughter ] [ cheers and appl
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Sep 28, 2012 5:00am PDT
, president obama has a healthy lead in some battleground states, but a new nbc poll shows the race much tighter in others. tracie potts is live on capitol hill with a look at where the race stands this morning. good morning. >> reporter: laura, good morning. we're talking nevada, new hampshire and north carolina. these new polls by nbc, the nbc/wall street journal polls find that president obama has a very slim lead, only 2 percentage points within the margin of error in north carolina and out west there in nevada. but in new hampshire, which is the home state for mitt romney, he's got a home there, it's right next door to massachusetts where he was governor, president obama is actually leading by seven percentage points. so that's where the race stands right now in three of these battleground states. earlier this week we were tracking ohio where the president has a big lead, florida where he's got a slim lead, virginia where he seems to have a very slim lead. so this race still very much in play. they both released new ads this week, the president and mitt romney, as they continue
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